DIY Root Touch Up For Ombre Hair


Ok, first off, I just have to say, I feel really guilty writing this article because I have so many friends in the salon industry and I do not in any way want to take business away from them. I have a lot of guilt for even coloring my own hair! I kept asking my sister (who usually does my hair and is a stylist), “Are you sure you don’t mind???” And she promised she didn’t. So I went with it. I was DESPERATE. My sister is in the process of buying a house and her husband is home from his drilling job in North Dakota so I hated to ask her to spend all day doing my hair. Additionally my roots were two inches long, our home’s hard water had deposited so much iron my hair was turning red, and I don’t even want to admit how much gray shows in my hair now…

I sent this picture to my sisters showing them how bad off my roots were so they would understand my desperation. :)

I sent this picture to my sisters showing them how bad off my roots were so they would understand my desperation. 🙂

I know people, myself included, are always going to attempt doing the DIY route at one point in time or another, whether it be nails, hair, taxes, or tattoos. I’m just here to offer a few tips and tricks that have worked for me. 🙂

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve seen on ombre/bronde/honey brown hair is from @SemaConde hair on Instagram. She posted these pics a few weeks ago and although I did not attempt this look on my own hair, her root technique helped me to understand the process of what needs to happen.

If you aren't following SemaConde on Instagram do it now! She's amazing!

If you aren’t following SemaConde on Instagram do it now! She’s amazing!

Isn't this hair so beautiful! The process was time intense and I wouldn't recommend it at all for a DIY job :)

Isn’t this hair so beautiful! The process was time intense and I wouldn’t recommend it at all for a DIY job 🙂

I’ve noticed she uses a lot of Redken N shades, which are neutral. I was using a G (gold) on my hair for a long time and I think that’s how it always ended up looking so red. SemaConde isn’t the only pro/celebrity hairdresser who has been using more “ash” colors on their clients either. It seems to be a trend right now.

I put together a video to show you how to section your hair off and apply the color and I’ll put a detailed instruction list below the video. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have though!

How To Touch Up Your Roots for Bronde Ombre Hair

1. Brush dry hair out really well. Section off from your part into four sections like this.

2. Starting at the back left section, pull a 1-2″ section off from the bottom, clip up the rest of the section on top of your head, and apply color to the roots and “mush” in with your fingertips, pulling the color down the hair shaft to blend with the regrowth.
3. Repeat this process all the way up the section until you have completed the entire section. Make sure to wash your fingertips off in between small sections to keep from getting base color on your blonde tips. Be very careful with your blonde tips that they don’t touch the base color at any time during this process.
4. Take your comb and lightly comb color down the hair shaft to blend base color.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 on the three other sections.
6. Once you have applied color on each section, you should have a distinct part down your hairline like this.

I look so lovely! :)))))

I look so lovely! :)))))

7. Apply additional color from applicator bottle down part and around face, making sure to saturate hair strands thoroughly in order to cover roots and gray. “Mush” color into hair shaft and pull down slightly to blend. Take your comb and comb lightly and randomly down the hair shaft to blend color even further.
8. Allow color to process for 25-30 minutes. While color is processing blend toner 1:1 color/developer.
9. In the shower, wet hair and “mush” your base color into wet hair. Apply toner thoroughly to all of wet hair making sure to saturate evenly. Allow to sit for 3-4 minutes and then rinse.
10. Shampoo and condition hair and enjoy your refreshed roots!

The finished results!

The finished results!


Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions or concerns! If I can’t answer them I’ll ask my stylist sister for help. 🙂 I’d love to see your pics too–you can tag me on Instagram @chicnailstyles or post to my Facebook page as well. 🙂

Thanks for reading! Have a marvelous day!


by Anna

2 thoughts on “DIY Root Touch Up For Ombre Hair

  1. Jessica Hoyer says:

    I need to send pictures of my hair. I have serious roots happening and have been thinking about ATTEMPTING to turn them into an ombre but I have highlights, I don’t know if that matters.

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